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Hawk Harrelson gets stereotypical, says Chen-Chang Lee has ‘typical Asian motion’

Hawk HarrelsonChicago White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson is best known for being a huge homer and not for delivering play-by-play with the type of tact that legends like Vin Scully display. So it’s probably not too surprising to hear the poor phrasing he used when talking about Cleveland Indians pitcher Chen-Chang Lee.

Lee is a relief pitcher from Taiwan who threw 4.1 innings last season in the bigs. He made his season debut on Thursday and pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief against the Sox. While he was facing his second batter of the inning, the White Sox announcing team seemed intrigued by his sidearm delivery and sweeping finish.

“It’s a nasty slider from down under,” Steve Stone said about a slider Alexei Ramirez took for a strike.

“Yeah that’s a typical Asian motion,” said Hawk. “Deception involved.”

Yeesh.

Yes, many Asian pitchers have different motions from North American pitchers. They most likely have different instruction in Japan and other Asian countries compared to North America, which is also why many Asian hitters have different stances, swings and finishes from what we’re used to seeing. Hideo Nomo had his tornado thing, Dice K Matsuzaka had a hesitation, and Hiroki Kuroda has a hitch in his leg kick, just to give a few examples.

But is Lee’s motion a “typical Asian motion”? If so, what is a typical Asian motion, Hawk?

If Hawk wanted to point out that many Asian pitchers have something with their delivery that is different from what we are used to seeing, that would be fine. If he wanted to say Lee has a tough ball to pick up because it’s sidearm, that’s fine. But what about this was typical Asian deception? The way he phrased and worded things was just plain bad.

Via Deadspin

Angel Hernandez blows call; Hawk Harrelson flips out

Angel Hernandez Alex Rios

Angel Hernandez blew a call in the 10th inning of the Chicago White Sox-Miami Marlins game on Friday, causing announcer Hawk Harrelson to hilariously flip out on air.

The White Sox and Marlins were tied at three in the bottom of the 10th and Alex Rios was up with the bases loaded and one out. Rios grounded a slow ball to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who flipped to second baseman Derek Dietrich for the force out. Dietrich fired on to first for the double play and Rios barely beat the throw. However, Hernandez didn’t see it that way. He called Rios out to end the inning. Had Rios been called safe, the White Sox would have won 4-3. They ended up winning 4-3 in 11 anyway, but it’s just another example of an Angel Hernandez screw up.

The best part of Hernandez’s mistake was hearing longtime White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson lose his mind on air:

If that’s not the best Hawk Harrelson flip out on air, then it’s a close second behind this meltdown.

As for Hernandez, well, this doesn’t even come close to his worst call ever. To see that, go here.

You can watch a replay of the call here.

Audio via Eye on Baseball

Hawk Harrelson said the ‘sacks were packed with seamen’ (Video)

What a week White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson is having. Harrelson followed up Wednesday’s tremendous hissy fit by using an unfortunate phrase during Saturday’s broadcast that could be interpreted in, er, a male anatomical sense. When the Mariners had the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, Harrelson wanted to remind the folks watching at home that the “sacks (were) packed with seamen.” Yeah, there was probably a better way he could have put that.

Photo: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Hawk Harrelson flips out after Jose Quintana was tossed (Video)

Hawk Harrelson is widely despised among non-White Sox fans for his over-the-top homer calls for the White Sox on TV. Even though we’re fully prepared to hear nothing but a biased perspective from Hawk, he still manages to stun us with his sports talk radio caller-like meltdowns on a regular basis.

Take for example what happened on Wednesday. Sox pitcher Jose Quintana threw behind Ben Zobrist in the fourth inning, likely as retaliation for A.J. Pierzynski being hit the day before. The prompt ejection led to Hawk flipping out in epic form.

“What are you doing, Wegner?” Hawk yelled. “You’ve got to be kidding me! That is so bad, that is absolutely brutal! That is unbelievable! I’ll tell you what, they have got to start making guys be accountable. That is totally absurd. That just tells you he has — here’s an umpire in the American League knows nothing about the game of baseball!”

That was a pretty solid meltdown from Hawk. Hey, at least it’s better than making up cheating accusations about opposing players.

Here’s the audio:

Forearm bash to Deadspin

Hawk Harrelson: Jose Bautista Has a Little Cork in his Bat? (Audio)

The White Sox broadcasters were the latest media members to be treated to the Jose Bautista show. The Toronto slugger went 5-for-10 with a home run and three RBIs in the first three games of the Blue Jays-White Sox series this weekend, leaving Chicago’s TV team impressed. In fact, Bautista impressed the team of Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone so much, it left Harrelson saying “If you didn’t know better, you’d say [his bat] had a little cork in it.”

Here’s the audio from the Hawk:

I know Hawk qualified his statement by saying “If you didn’t know any better,” but he’s still throwing it out there that Bautista is hitting the ball harder than everyone else, and he’s suggesting something may be up. Many people have suspected Bautista of using PEDs, and given the amount of successful major leaguers who have been busted over time, that wouldn’t totally be unfair.

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